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Letter from Village Mayor Jon Mark

JonMarkTo the Editor: The Village experienced a record level of participation in yesterday's election. I wish to thank the Village staff, particularly Village Clerk Donna Conkling and Police Chief Andrew Matturo and their staffs, for the efficient and professional manner with which they handled the voting logistics and process. They served with grace under pressure and provided a very public demonstration of the hard work the Village staff puts in every day in serving the residents of Scarsdale. For that they have our gratitude and thanks.

I also want to thank all the residents who participated in the campaigns and who came out to vote. The extraordinary turnout was heartening. While governing decisions may not always please all residents, the decision making process is well served when many points of view are expressed in a thoughtful manner and when residents participate in the process. As I conclude my term, it is my hope that residents remain interested in our local government and understand the importance of volunteering to serve. That is what makes Scarsdale work and maintains our shared sense of community.

It has been an honor and a privilege to be of service to the community in which I grew up and wish all residents the best for the years ahead.

Jon Mark, Mayor

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+2 #6 Joanne Wallenstein 2017-03-24 11:43
Care to comment? Please include your name. There is nothing to fear - I post my name every day.
Joanne
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+1 #5 dan hochvert 2017-03-24 09:05
Jon
You set the bar high.The next Board will strive to follow the path the current Board has taken, i. e., representing all Scarsdalians fairly. I'm certain we will try to build on the open minded approach taken by the current Board and continue to make the rationale for Board decisions clear to the people we serve. You and your fellow Board members deserve the appreciation I see in the comments posted above.
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-7 #4 Michael Blumstein 2017-03-23 20:30
Thank you, Jon, for a job well done. Very much appreciated.
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+18 #3 Bruce Wells 2017-03-23 16:01
In addition to Mayor Mark's comments which I fully agree with, I would like to thank the Voters Choice Party!

I feel your hard work has made Scarsdale a better place. I have seen Bob Berg at work in Scarsdale civic life and he brings an important perspective and I hope he continues and I will look forward to working with him in the future.

I also liked to see Carlos Ramírez and Robert Selvaggio out there trying to make a difference and would love to work more closely with them. I think they have a lot to offer.

Finally, I have known and worked with Brice Kirkendall-Rodr íguez for a long time. I know of no one who has more integrity and intelligence. He is truly an up and coming super star in Scarsdale. I can also say the same for Mayra Kirkendall-Rodr íguez. One of the smartest and driven women I have ever had the pleasure to know. The fact that the VCP drove almost 3000 Scarsdale voters to the polls is a great feat and a testament to the passion Mayra brings to Scarsdale. It has been a great honor for me to know and call them friends.

Let's all work together and make Scarsdale an even better place to live and raise our families. There is a lot to do!
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-12 #2 Ken Rilander 2017-03-22 14:59
Jon, Thank you for your thoughtful, timely and elegant note. The only thing missing is our residents' appreciation of you,your Board and the Village Staff of a job done well.
The issues you, the Village Board and the Staff were confronted with were unique and challenging. They were handled well, but still need to be addressed and resolved fully. Were it not for a small group of residents seizing on some of these issues for their own recognition this election would have been conducted in a more traditional way.
Fortunately, a majority of the resident voters saw through this and voted for a group of candidates across Row A who look to resolve matters in a more traditional way. As a result I have high hopes that the quality of the Village's services will be maintained in the manner we have grown accustomed to.
While the victory of yesterday's election belongs to those elected candidates and their supporters their victory is another confirmation of your accomplished record and of those who have come in your elected position before you.
Best regards and continued success!
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-12 #1 David M. Brodsky 2017-03-22 13:28
Jon, from a former resident, my thanks for continuing the long tradition of Scarsdale governance -- open minded and thoughtful leadership. You faced tough issues with grace and a mild demeanor that masked a fierce intelligence and desire to do the right thing on every issue that came before the Board, but with civility, even in the face of vitriol and baseless accusations. Congratulations on a job well done. David M. Brodsky
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